Kelcey developed an interest in art in her early childhood. In the third grade
she made a paper mache pig and painted it with large yellow daisies. From that
day forward her life would never be the same…she began drawing everything!
Kelcey’s formal art education started in high school, where she was chosen to
student teach in the art department. She attended the Art Institute of Florida
and countless continuing education classes throughout the years, most
recently studying with Trish Harding at Studio UFO in Bellingham.
Kelcey has an early artistic background in water colors, with a passion for
charcoal figure drawing and more recently painting with soft pastels and oil
paints; she finds spontaneity and vibrancy with these mediums lends itself well
to her landscapes, still lifes, portraits and random smatterings of whimsy.
Kelcey won the “Image Award” from the Allied Arts of Whatcom County 2007
juried competition for the La Bella Strada Festival. The piece chosen was the
image used on all the marketing materials for the La Bella Strada Festival of
2008. Her work has been accepted in NW Pastel society juried shows, “Unclad”
2005, 2006, and 2008, and in “Brushes with the Land” 2006 and 2007. Her
work has also been displayed in countless coffee shops and restaurants in
Bellingham and Edmonds as well as appearing in the Solovei Art Gallery of
Everett and “Gallery by the Bay” in Stanwood. Her work is in private collections
in California, Washington, Thailand and New Zealand.
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